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Travel / Latin America / Literature and Criticism
The Mexico City Reader
Edited by Rubén Gallo
Ilan Stavans, Series Editor, Irene Vilar, Associate Editor
The first in The Americas new series of illustrated city readers
"In spite of its size, its proximity to the United States, and its extraordinarily vibrant cultural life, Mexico City remains almost invisible as a literary locale to North American readers who do not know Spanish. Rubén Gallo undertakes to fill this gap with his anthology of writings about the city, and he does so with great skill, insight, and verve."Maarten van Delden, author of Carlos Fuentes, Mexico, and Modernity
Mexico City is one of Latin America's cultural capitals, and one of the most vibrant urban spaces in the world. The Mexico City Reader is an anthology of "Cronicas"short, hybrid texts that are part literary essay, part urban reportageabout life in the capital. This is not the "City of Palaces" of yesteryear, but the vibrant, chaotic, anarchic urban space of the 1980s and 1990sthe city of garbage mafias, necrophiliac artists, and kitschy millionaires.
Like the visitor wandering through the city streets, the reader will be constantly surprised by the visions encountered in this mosaic of writings—a textual space brimming with life and crowded with flâneurs, flirtatious students, Indian dancers, food vendors, fortune tellers, political activists, and peasant protesters.
The essays in this anthology about this most delirious of megalopolises were written by a panoply of writers, from well-known authors like Carlos Monsiváis and Jorge Ibagüengoitia to younger figures like Fabrizio Mejía Madrid and Julieta García González.
Rubén Gallo is assistant professor of Latin American literature in the department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton University.
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LC: 2004016474 F
368 pp. 6 x 9 68 b/w illus.
Paper $19.95 s
Cloth $65.00 s
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